KEEPING TRACK: AN UPDATE

Let’s take a look at my Challenge Progress.  Mostly I have been focusing on Books Purchased in 2017, but according to the rules, you can decide to include from July 2016 buys through December 2016.

Here are my book purchases falling into that latter category.  The ones linked to reviews have already been read.

Totals:  Out of 75 books purchased during that period, 14 remain unread. Several were read last year for the 2016 Challenge.

You may notice some that are crossed out, but not linked to a review.  Those are books already read, but purchased as re-reads.

I am feeling more optimistic, now that I’ve looked at these numbers!

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JULY 2016:

1. Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The (e-book), by Amy E. Riechert

2.  Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

3. In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

4. I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, et. al.

5.  Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

6.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

7.  This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

8.  Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty

9.   Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10. Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (50th Anniversary Copy – reread)

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AUGUST 2016:

1.All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

2. American Girl, The (e-book), by Kate Horsley

3.  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin

4.  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris

5. Book that Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood

6.  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (reread)

7. Family Tree (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

8.  Firefly Summer (e-book), by Nan Rossiter

9.  I Am No One (e-book), by Patrick Flanery

10. If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

11. I Found You, by Lisa Jewell

12. It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

13Map of the World, A (e-book), by Jane Hamilton (reread)

14. My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercy

15. Results May Vary (e-book), by Bethany Chase

16. Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson

17.  Silver Linings Playbook (e-book), by Matthew Quick

18. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron

19. Sister, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

1.Come and Find Me (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

2. Finding Libbie (e-book), by Deanna Lynn Sletten

3. Kept Woman, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

4. Last Good Girl, The (e-book), by Allison Leotta

5.Life She Wants, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr

6. London Train, The (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

7. Some Tame Gazelle (e-book), by Barbara Pym

8. Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown

9. Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way

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OCTOBER 2016:

1. Commonwealth (e-book), by Ann Patchett

2. Dollhouse, The (e-book), by Fiona Davis

3.  Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

4.  Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy

5.  Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

6. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

7.  Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown

8. Mothers, The (e-book), by Brit Bennett

9. Red Car, The (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky

10.Saturday Requiem, by Nicci French

11. Send in the Clowns (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

12. Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling

13. Stealing Jason Wilde (e-book), by Dee Ernst

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NOVEMBER 2016:

1. After You (e-book), by JoJo Moyes

2.Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

3.Hillbilly Elegy(e-book), by J. D. Vance

4. Home, by Harlan Coben

5.In a Dark, Dark Wood (e-book), by Ruth Ware

6. Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman

7. In Her Wake (e-book), by Amanda Jennings

8. Murder Game, The (e-book), by Julie Apple

9. Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

10. Other Widow, The (e-book), by Susan Crawford

11. Sleeping Beauty Killer, The (Under Suspicion)(e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke

12. Sweet Lamb of Heaven (e-book), by Lydia Millet

13. When All the Girls Have Gone (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

14. While You Were Sleeping (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

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DECEMBER 2016:

1. Bad Things, The (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley

2.Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

3.Missing, Presumed (e-book), by Susie Steiner

4. Premonition, The (e-book, short story), by Chris Bohjalian

5.Princess Diarist, The, by Carrie Fisher

6.Stepmother, The (e-book), by Claire Seeber

7.Sweet William (e-book), by Beryl Bainbridge

8.Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham

9.White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg

10.Woman in Cabin 10, The (e-book), by Ruth Ware

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How do you track your purchases/reads?  Do you participate in this challenge?  Any challenges?

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2016 REVIEW BOOKS: CHECK MY PROGRESS!

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What did my Review Books Stack look like in 2016?  Check them out below.  There were 48 books received for review this year…and only 7 remain unread.  They are only unread because their release dates are in February, March, and May.

Check them out….and the ones I’ve finished are linked to their reviews.

 

JANUARY 2016:

1.   After She’s Gone, by Lisa Jackson (Vine)

2.  Don’t You Cry (e-book), by Mary Kubica (NetGalley – 5/17)

3.   Girls in the Garden, The (e-book), by Lisa Jewell (NetGalley – 6/7)

4.  Good Liar, The, by Nicholas Searle (Amazon Vine)

5.  Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NetGalley – 4/5)

6.  Multiple Listings (e-book), by Tracy McMillan (NetGalley – 3/8)

7.   No One Knows (e-book), by J. T. Ellison (NetGalley – 3/22)

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FEBRUARY 2016:

1.  A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber – (Amazon Vine)

2.   Girls, The (e-book), by Emma Cline – (NetGalley – 6/14)

3.  Where I Lost Her (e-book), by T. Greenwood – (NetGalley – 2/23)

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MARCH 2016:

1.  Children, The (e-book), by Ann Leary – (NetGalley – 5/24)

2.   Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/12)

3.   Perfect Neighbors, The (e-book),  by Sarah Pekkanen (NetGalley – 7/5)

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APRIL 2016:

1.  Cruel Beautiful World (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt (NetGalley – 10/4)

2.  June, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Amazon Vine)

3.   Mother Knows Best,  by Karen MacInerney – (Amazon Vine)

4.   Small Great Things (e-book), by Jodi Picoult – (NetGalley – 10/11)

5.   Three-Martini Lunch, by Suzanne Rindell –(Amazon Vine)

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MAY 2016:

1.   All the Missing Girls (e-book), by Megan Miranda – (NetGalley – 6/28/16)

2.  I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan – (Amazon Vine)

3.  Ink & Bone (e-book), by Lisa Unger (NetGalley – 6/7)

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JUNE 2016:

1.  All Is Not Forgotten (e-book), by Wendy Walker – (NetGalley – 7/12)

2.  Beach Blues, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Request)

3.  Beauty of the End, The, by Debbie Howells (Amazon Vine)

4.  Paris Runaway (e-book), by Paulita Kincer (Author Review Book)

5.  Perfect Girl, The, by Gilly MacMillan (Amazon Vine)

6.  Tuesday Nights in 1980, by Molly Prentiss (Amazon Vine)

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JULY 2016:

1.Couple Next Door, The (e-book), by Shari Lapena (NetGalley – 8/23)

2.Damaged (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley – 8/16)

3.Falling, by Jane Green (Amazon Vine)

4.Leave Me (e-book), by Gayle Forman (NetGalley – 9/6)

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AUGUST 2016:

1. Faithful (e-book), by Alice Hoffman (NetGalley – 11/1)

2. Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber (Author Review Request)

3.  Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer (Amazon Vine)

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

1.A Poisonous Journey (e-book), by Malia Zaidi DNF

2.Almost Missed You (e-book), by Jessica Strawser (NetGalley – 3/28/17)

3. Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie – Amazon Vine

4.Girl Before, The (e-book), by J. P. Delaney (NetGalley – 1/24/17)

5. Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens – (NetGalley – 3/14/17)

6. Trophy Child, The (e-book), by Paula Daly – (NetGalley – 3/7/17)

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OCTOBER 2016:

1. Always (e-book), by Sarah Jio – (NetGalley – 2/7/17)

2.  Sleepwalker, The (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian – (NetGalley – 1/10/17)

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NOVEMBER 2016:

1. 4th Man, The (e-book), short story, by Lisa Gardner (NetGalley – 1/3/17)

2. Little Deaths, by Emma Flint (Amazon Vine)

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DECEMBER 2016:

1.Claiming Noah, by Amanda Ortlepp (Amazon Vine)

2. It Happens All the Time (e-book), by Amy Hatvany –(NetGalley – 3/28/17)

3.I See You, by Clare Macintosh (Amazon Vine)

4.Perfect Stranger, The (e-book), by Megan Miranda (NetGalley – 5/16/17)

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A CHALLENGE: MAKING LISTS, COUNTING MY NUMBERS…

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Making lists is an ongoing part of my blogging journey.  They begin with pages on this blog, from which I gather information I need for the weeks and months ahead.

Since I will be participating in a new Read the Books You Buy Challenge, starting on January 1, I thought it was imperative that I take a look at the target months and the numbers.

What are the target months?  July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

Let’s take a peek:

July 2016:

10 Books Purchased, 1 Book TBR (Not bad!)

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August 2016:

19 Books Purchased, 4 TBR

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September 2016:

9 Books Purchased, 3 TBR

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October 2016:

13 Books Purchased, 5 TBR

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November 2016:

14 Books Purchased, 6 TBR

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December 2016:

9 Books Purchased, 8 TBR

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Total Purchased for July through December:  86

Total TBR for July through December:  32

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So…32 books to read from 2016.  Not bad.  But guess what the best part is?  2017 is a Clean Slate!  Thanks to last year’s challenge, I feel as if I am in a good place.

What are you planning for the New Year?  Will you be signing up for a challenge or two to whittle the unread books from your stacks?  Good luck, and have fun!

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MY TBR STACKS: A CLOSER LOOK….

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As the year winds down, I am taking a closer look at my progress toward whittling down my TBR stacks.

The Read the Books You Buy Challenge has helped me keep track of what I’ve read, and the total read to-date is 85.  That includes all books purchased between June 2015 through the end of 2016 (so far).

Let’s try another way to count my progress:  how many are still unread?

For the period from June 2015-December 2015 (the books not purchased for rereads)

Only eight remain!

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For the period from January 2016 through November (current figures)

48

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Next year, I will worry about the unread books purchased in 2014….sigh.  There are a few: 

 23 books unread

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So….here are the titles, with links to those already read and reviewed:

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JUNE 2015:

1.    Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen

2.   In the Unlikely Event (e-book), by Judy Blume

3.   It’s You (e-book), by Jane Porter

4.    Out of Orange (e-book), by Cleary Wolters

5.   Rumor, The (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

6.    Wrong Man, The (e-book), by Kate White

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JULY 2015:

1.    A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

2.    At Risk (e-book), by Alice Hoffman

3.    Dune Road (e-book), by Jane Green

4.    Friday On My Mind, by Nicci French

5.    Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

6.    Losing Me (e-book), by Sue Margolis

7.    Perfect Son, The (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

8.    Remember Mia (e-book), by Alexandra Burt

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AUGUST 2015:

1.    Accident Season, The (e-book), by Moira Fowley-Doyle-DNF

2.  Broken Homes & Gardens (e-book), by Rebecca Kelley

3.   Honest Illusions (e-book), by Nora Roberts-DNF

4.   Race for Paris, The (e-book), by Meg Waite Clayton

5.    Rainy Day Sisters (e-book), by Kate Hewitt

6.   Summer Wind, The (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe (Book 2)

7.   Who Do You Love? (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

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SEPTEMBER 2015:

1.   Dance Begins, The (e-book, prequel), by Diane Chamberlain

2.   Forever (e-book), by Judy Blume (Banned Books Week)

3.   Girls of August, The (e-book), by Anne Rivers Siddons

4.   Gray Mountain (e-book), by John Grisham

5.    Maybe in Another Life (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

6.    Nesting Place, The, by Myquillyn Smith

7.    Seventh Heaven (e-book), by Alice Hoffman

8.    Sleeping with the Enemy, by Nancy Price (for reread)

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OCTOBER 2015:

1.     Admissions, The (e-book), by Meg Mitchell Moore

2.    Cherry, by Mary Karr

3.    Deep End, The (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

4.   Girl with No Past, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

5.   Jane Fonda, The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth

6.    Liar’s Club, The:  A Memoir, by Mary Karr

7.     Lucky Us (e-book), by Amy Bloom-DNF

8.    Shadow Year, The (e-book), by Hannah Richell

9.     Truth Be Told (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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NOVEMBER 2015:

1.     Black Widow, The (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub

2.     Forever, Interrupted (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3.    My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem

4.   November 9 (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

5.   Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore

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DECEMBER 2015:

1.   All Dressed in White, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (Entry in First Book of 2016 Event)

2.    Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

3.    Better Off Without Him (e-book), by Dee Ernst

4.   Broken String, The (e-book, novella), by Diane Chamberlain

5.    Empty House, the (e-book), by Rosamunde Pilcher

6.    Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight

7.   Secret Sisters (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

8.   What She Knew (e-book), by Gilly MacMillan

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JANUARY 2016:

1.  Brooklyn (e-book), by Colm Toibin

2.  Crossing Places, The (e-book, Book 1 Ruth Galloway), by Elly Griffiths

3.   Ex, The (e-book), by Alafair Burke

4.   Guaranteed to Bleed (e-book, Book 2), by Julie Mulhern

5.   Summer’s End, The (e-book, #3), by Mary Alice Monroe

6.   Three To Get Deadly (e-book), by Janet Evanovich

7.   What Was Mine (e-book), by Helen Klein Ross

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FEBRUARY 2016:

1.  Find Her (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

2.  Girl in the Red Coat, The (e-book), by Kate Hamer

3.  Price of Salt, The (or Carol) (e-book), by Patricia Highsmith

4.   Ramblers, The (e-book), by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

5.   ROOM (e-book), by Emma Donoghue

6.  Under the Influence (e-book), by Joyce Maynard

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MARCH 2016:

1.   Another City, Not My Own (e-book), by Dominick Dunne (for reread)

2.   Be Frank with Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne Johnson

3.   Breakdown (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman

4.   Domestic Secrets (e-book), by Rosalind Noonan

5.   Friction (e-book), by Sandra Brown

6.   Must Love Dogs:  New Leash on Life (e-book, #2), by Claire Cook

7.   My Name Is Lucy Barton (e-book), by Elizabeth Strout

8.   Nest, The (e-book), by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

9.   Orphan Choir, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10.  She Can Kill (e-book), by Melinda Leigh

11.  Somewhere Out There (e-book), by Amy Hatvany

12. Terrible Virtue (e-book), by Ellen Feldman

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APRIL 2016:

1.    Excellent Lombards, The (e-book), by Jane Hamilton

2.   First Frost (e-book, Waverley #2), by Sarah Addison Allen

3.   Lies & Other Acts of Love (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey

4.   Luckiest Girl Alive (e-book), by Jessica Knoll

5.   My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

6.   Obsession, The (e-book), by Nora Roberts

7.    One and Only, The, by Emily Giffin

8.    Other Typist, The (e-book), by Suzanne Rindell

9.   River Road (e-book), by Carol Goodman

10.  Scandal in Skibbereen (e-book, County Cork #2), by Sheila Connolly

11.  Shelter Mountain (e-book, Book 2), by Robyn Carr

12.  What We Find (e-book), by Robyn Carr

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MAY 2016:

1.  A Lowcountry Wedding (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

2.  Blue Bath, The (e-book), by Mary Waters-Sayer

3.  Clouds in My Coffee (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

4.  Dear Carolina (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey

5.   Dear Thing (e-book), by Julie Cohen

6.   Flight Patterns (e-book), by Karen White

7.   I Let You Go (e-book), by Claire Mackintosh

8.   Island House, The (e-book), by Nancy Thayer

9.   Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty:  Memoir, by Diane Keaton9

10.  My Husband’s Wives (e-book), by Faith Hogan

11.  Some Women (e-book), by Emily Liebert

12. Two-Family House, The (e-book), by Lynda Cohen Loigman

13. Two If By Sea (e-book), by Jacquelyn Mitchard

14.  Unsinkable:  Memoir, by Debbie Reynolds

15.  Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman

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JUNE 2016:

1.   Confess, by Colleen Hoover

2.  Death at Breakfast (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon

3.  Deep Dark (e-book), by Laura Griffin

4.  Dinner, The (e-book), by Herman Koch

5.  Drinking Closer to Home (e-book), by Jessica Anya Blau

6.   Exit, The (e-book), Helen FitzGerald

7.   Here’s To Us (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

8.   Mystic Summer (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

9.   One True Loves (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10.  Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Wax

11. Sweetbitter (e-book), by Stephanie Danler

12. Vinegar Girl (e-book), by Anne Tyler

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JULY 2016:

1. Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The (e-book), by Amy E. Riechert

2.  Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

3. In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

4. I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, et. al.

5.  Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

6.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

7.  This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

8.  Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty

9.   Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10. Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (50th Anniversary Copy – reread)

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AUGUST 2016:

1.All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

2. American Girl, The (e-book), by Kate Horsley

3.  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin

4.  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris

5. Book that Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood

6.  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (reread)

7. Family Tree (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

8.  Firefly Summer (e-book), by Nan Rossiter

9.  I Am No One (e-book), by Patrick Flanery

10. If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

11. I Found You, by Lisa Jewell

12. It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

13.  Map of the World, A (e-book), by Jane Hamilton (reread)

14. My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercy

15. Results May Vary (e-book), by Bethany Chase

16. Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson

17.  Silver Linings Playbook (e-book), by Matthew Quick

18. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron

19. Sister, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

1.Come and Find Me (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

2. Finding Libbie (e-book), by Deanna Lynn Sletten

3. Kept Woman, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

4. Last Good Girl, The (e-book), by Allison Leotta

5.Life She Wants, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr

6. London Train, The (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

7. Some Tame Gazelle (e-book), by Barbara Pym

8. Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown

9. Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way

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OCTOBER 2016:

1. Commonwealth (e-book), by Ann Patchett

2. Dollhouse, The (e-book), by Fiona Davis

3.  Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

4.  Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy

5.  Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

6. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

7.  Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown

8. Mothers, The (e-book), by Brit Bennett

9. Red Car, The (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky

10.Saturday Requiem, by Nicci French

11. Send in the Clowns (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

12. Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling

13. Stealing Jason Wilde (e-book), by Dee Ernst

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NOVEMBER 2016:

1. Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

2.Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance

3. Home, by Harlan Coben

4.In a Dark, Dark Wood (e-book), by Ruth Ware

5. Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman

6. Murder Game, The (e-book), by Julie Apple

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That’s my closer look, and now I feel as though I have a fresh perspective.  What do your unread stacks tell you?

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